Shitennoji Temple, Sohonzan, Washu 0

Founded 1,400 years ago by Prince Shotoku. The first Buddhist temple to receive national oversight and financial support from the nation. Shitennoji Temple also holds numerous national treasures and Important Cultural Properties among the relics from the time of its founding.

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  • open

    April to September 8:30 - 16:30 *21st of each month 8:00 - 17:00
    October to March 8:30 - 16:00 *21st of each month 8:00 - 16:30
    Rokujido 8:30 - 18:00 *21st of each month from 8:00
  • holiday

    No designated days closed (some temporary closures of gardens)

Founded in 593 in order to save the souls of all people and bring peace to the nation. The first Buddhist temple to receive national oversight and financial support from the nation. It is also a sample of Japan's oldest architectural style. Even so, it has seen the ravages of war numerous times, and many buildings have been lost. The current structures are faithful reproductions of the temple's original appearance. The temple also has numerous points of interest, ranging from the archives from the time of its creation that include countless national treasures and Important Cultural Properties, to the Gokuraku Jodo no Niwa "Pure Land Garden." The 21st (Daishi-e) and 22nd (Taishi-e) act as temple festival days. In addition to religious rituals, antique shops and other vendor stalls also draw large crowds on these days.

  • address

    1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, 543-0051
  • transport

    5-minute walk from Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line
  • prices

    Central building: adults ¥300, high school and university students ¥200
    Treasure hall: adults ¥500, high school and university students ¥300
    Honbo garden: adults ¥300, elementary school up to university students ¥200
  • tel

    06-6771-0066
  • fax

    06-6773-4921
  • general participation

    Every month on the 21st - Daishi-e, a temple festival for Kobo Daishi
    Every month on the 22st - Daishi-e, a temple festival for Shotoku Taishi
    March 18th to March 24th - Vernal Equinox Day
    This celebration lasts a total of seven days, the three days before and the day of the spring vernal equinox (the first day of spring), and the three days following it.
    During this period, ancestor memorial services will be held in the halls within the grounds of Shitennoji Temple.
    There will also be many stalls within the grounds.

    August 9th to August 16th - Manto Kuyo
    Manto Kuyo is an event held to memorialize ancestors over Obon.
    Each evening, candles marked with around 10,000 names of ancestors are lit, and monks parade within the temple, accompanied by the Hannya Shingyo Buddhist sutra.
    Shrouded by twilight, the spectacle is one of mysterious and subtle beauty.

    September 20th to September 26th - Autumnal Equinox Day
    This celebration lasts a total of seven days, the three days before and the day of the autumn vernal equinox (the first day of autumn), and the three days following it.
    During this period, ancestor memorial services will be held in the halls within the grounds of Shitennoji Temple.
    There will also be many stalls within the grounds.
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